First and foremost, the Shaastra Science Fiction Writing web page is up: have a look!!!
All the details are there, although I must admit it looks a little incomplete. Anyone with any suggestions whatsoever, do comment, email or tap me on the shoulder when you see me on the street. As you’ll learn after you visit, there are 3 categories, conventional story writing, short sketch writing (it’s supposed to be like an extract; it is NOT supposed to be a summary) and fan fiction writing, which I must admit I am slightly concerned about implementing. I want to leave it open to as many different books and ideas and authors and genre-bending works as possible, but I would still like to give some sort of topic, as a “seed crystal” of sorts, especially for those who haven’t been very well acquainted with the whole business of fan fiction. All categories, by the way, accept stories of sufficient merit from topics other than the ones that are given.
Oh, and if I haven’t mentioned this yet: Cory Doctorow is judging!!! Only the “conventional” story category of the online contest, but still!!!
In other news, Tor.com is finally up. It looks interesting, although it might be a little over the top for those who aren’t hard core science fiction readers. It has tons of commentary and posts by several of the biggest names in the field, and free stories.
That’s all for now. Will keep posting later. Meanwhile, I really do want suggestions.